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UCL: Why Young Boys are ahead of United in their group despite having same points and goal difference

The second round of fixtures for the UEFA champions league group stages were played on Tuesday and Wednesday. There were few surprises and changes across all the eight groups as the likes Barcelona and Real Madrid suffered defeats. There were also wins for the likes of Liverpool, Atlético Madrid, Ajax, Dortmund, and Bayern Munich.

In Group F, Manchester United have finally picked up their first win of this season's UCL campaign after defeating Villarreal courtesy a 95th minutes strike by Cristiano Ronaldo. After Atalanta defeated young boys in the other march in group F, United's victory means they'll be in third position going into the third match of the group against Atalanta. In this article, we will be analyzing why United remains in third in group F despite having the same points and goal difference with Young Boys.

Many would have been surprised to see Young Boys ranked ahead of Manchester United in group F despite having the same number of points (3) and the same goal difference, (0), with their winning also somehow similar because they both secured a 2-1 win in their respective home games. The question is, has United been positioned in third because of their poor head-to-head record against Young Boys? Well, that might not be the case. 

In my view, I believe in UEFA Champions League, goals scored and goals conceded are always put into consideration when ranking team who have the same points and goal difference before considering their head-to-head records. In this wise, Switzerland club, Young Boys have been ahead of Manchester United in the UCL group F because they have conceded fewer goals than United. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer men have conceded three goals so far in two games, having let in two goals against Young Boys in their first match of the campaign before conceding another against Villarreal yesterday. Young Boys in contrast have only conceded two goals, one against United and another one against Atalanta yesterday. 

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